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Presentation from the final session of the 2009 Strengthening Families Leadership Summit in Atlanta, GA. Slides show recommended actions from each of 7 sessions where participants discussed ...

Presentation from the final session of the 2009 Strengthening Families Leadership Summit in Atlanta, GA. Slides show recommended actions from each of 7 sessions where participants discussed provocative questions about the future of Strengthening Families. Themes are shared at the conclusion of the presentation.

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Provocative Questions Provocative Questions Presentation Transcript

  • provocative questions:
    summary and synthesis
    OCTOBER 29, 4:15 – 5:00 PM
  • generative discussions about provocative questions
    Small groups explore new horizons in Strengthening Families…
  • revolutionizing professional development
    Multiple options for learning about SF attitudes and values.
    Focus on child within family and community across developmental stages.
    Normative practice: reflective, informal, and formal learning opportunities
  • protective factors ages 0-25
    Ensure alignment and collaboration around the PFs across the lifespan among communities, families and organizations.
    Value and foster authentic engagement of all types of families in developing culturally relevant strategies and solutions for building PFs in families and communities.
    Maintain existing PFs and incorporate or create research-based, developmentally appropriate strategies and practices for multiple disciplines.
  • building community assets
    Intentionally build the protective factors into Promise Neighborhoods; create Strengthening Families Communities.
    Make sure financial resources align with research and community action.
    Ask candidates about their positions on Strengthening Families.
  • building evidence for strengthening families
    Develop consistent framework and language around evaluation that matches appropriate evaluative techniques to parts of our theory of change.
    Create an evaluation consortium to determine what else we need/want to know: (share through webinars, listserves and tools)
    Create a structured approach to alternative, non-evaluative evidence building.
  • can strengthening families become a common framework?
    Develop concrete materials to help educate people across multiple levels including legislators, administrators, and front line.
    Have a shared message with common language that promotes broad community change.
    Create policies that ensure parents are full partners at every level.
  • uncovering informal supports
    Develop community assessment tool and use to promote public awareness.
    Identify and validate informal supports as part of the SF approach.
    Engage whole communities through traditional grass roots methods, social marketing and other new techniques.
  • new partners – who and why?
    Strengthen and sustain existing network partners.
    Issue invitations to a range of other partners with similar values about social justice.
    Develop common language that is appealing and understandable to all potential new partners.
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  • trends and themes
    Use the Protective Factors more broadly
    • Strengthen and deepen early childhood application
    • Begin necessary work to expand the protective factors for a broader age span and specific populations (such as early adolescence)
  • trends and themes
    Ensure that families remain at the center of the SF approach.
    • Focus on policies and practices that require and support family leadership at all levels.
    • Train professionals to develop, support and maintain full partnerships with families at all levels.
    • Create multiple opportunities to empower parents, one parent at a time.
  • trends and themes
    Root SF more fully into communities
    • Validate informal supports as an essential component of SF.
    • Reach out to non-traditional partners through more effective “common language” communication.
    • Highlight more culturally responsive strategies for SF in communities.
  • trends and themes
    Intentionally build SF deeper into systems and emerging policy opportunities
    • Indentify financing strategies to increase support for SF at the state and county level.
    • Continue work to create collaboration across child welfare and early childhood.
    • Take new steps to partner with education.
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